Our Mission

We are a nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding, and humanity.

What We Stand For

Today, almost 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education ushered in the civil rights movement, there is an urgent need to reaffirm and advance its core principles. To insist on our common humanity. To demand that we are each entitled to equality under the law. To bring about a world in which we are all judged by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin.

That’s where FAIR comes in.

We defend civil rights and liberties guaranteed to each individual, including freedom of speech and expression, equal protection under the law, and the right to personal privacy.

We advocate for individuals who are threatened or persecuted for speech, or who are held to a different set of rules for language or conduct based on their skin color, ancestry, or other immutable characteristics.

We support respectful disagreement. We believe bad ideas are best confronted with good ideas—and never with dehumanization, deplatforming, or blacklisting.

We believe that objective truth exists, that it is discoverable, and that scientific research must be untainted by any political agenda.

We are pro-human and promote compassionate opposition to intolerance and racism rooted in dignity and our common humanity.

The Pro-Human Pledge

Fairness

I seek to treat everyone equally without regard to skin color or other immutable characteristics. I believe in applying the same rules to everyone, and reject disparagement of individuals based on the circumstances of their birth.

Understanding

I am open-minded. I seek to understand opinions or behavior that I do not necessarily agree with. I pursue the objective truth through honest inquiry. I am tolerant and consider points of view that are in conflict with my convictions.

Humanity

I recognize that every person has a unique identity, that our shared humanity is precious, and that it is up to all of us to defend and protect the civic culture that unites us.

FAIR's Principles of Peaceful Change

Based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 
Principles of Nonviolence

Exercise Moral Courage

Telling the truth is a way of life for courageous people. Peaceful change cannot happen without a commitment to the truth.

Build Bridges

We seek to win friendship and gain understanding. The result of our movement is redemption and reconciliation.

Defeat Injustice

Not People. We recognize that those who are intolerant and seek to oppress others are also human, and are not evil people. We seek to defeat evil, not people.

Don’t Take the Bait

Suffering can educate and transform. We will not retaliate when attacked, physically or otherwise. We will meet hate and anger with compassion and kindness.

Choose Love, Not Hate

We seek to resolve conflict through dialogue, not violence. We believe in the power of love.

Trust in Justice

We trust that the universe is on the side of justice. The pro-human approach is based on deep faith that justice will eventually win.

Meet the
FAIR Leadership Team

Bion Bartning

FAIR Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Daryl Davis

Senior Fellow

Stephanie Guerra

FAIR Managing Director of Education

Letitia Kim

FAIR Chief Legal Officer

Brian Kors

FAIR Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships

Lory Warren

FAIR Chief Operating Officer

Board of Advisors

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Human Rights Activist

Lisa Bildy

Lawyer

Liang-Fang Chao

Computer Scientist

Melissa Chen

Human Rights Activist

Yiatin Chu

Education Advocate

Daryl Davis

Musician, Author, Actor, Lecturer

Lisa Selin Davis

Author, Journalist

Angel Eduardo

WRITER, MUSICIAN, VISUAL ARTIST

Lee Fang

JOURNALIST

Lisa Feldsher

Writer, Co-founder, Mind Over Media

Niall Ferguson

Author, Filmmaker, Historian

Kmele Foster

Entrepreneur, Commentator, Journalist

Shadi Hamid

Author, Professor of Islamic Studies

Monica Harris

Activist, Author, Lawyer

Samantha Harris

Attorney

Stephen Hawkins

Researcher, Speaker

Nathan Hoffman

Education Reform Champion

Coleman Hughes

Writer, Podcaster, Manhattan Institute

Inaya Folarin Iman

Journalist, Writer

Zaid Jilani

Journalist

Jonathan Kay

Editor, Podcast Host, and Author

Zander Keig

Diversity Educator, Social Care Advocate

Megyn Kelly

Journalist

James Kirchick

Journalist, Author

Alan Charles Kors

Enlightenment Historian

Alexander Lloyd

Venture Capitalist

Glenn Loury

Author and Economist

Frederic Luskin

Author, Psychologist, Professor

Maud Maron

Public Defender, Candidate for NYC City Council

Jacob Mchangama

Author, Free Speech Activist

John McWhorter

Author and Professor

Douglas Murray

Author, Political Commentator

Pamela Paresky

Psychologist, Writer, Educator

Steven Pinker

Psychologist,

Robert Pondiscio

Education Reformer

Anika Prather

EDUCATOR

Wilfred Reilly

Political Scientist

Ian Rowe

Educator, Author, Entrepreneur

Michael Shellenberger

Author, Journalist

Michael Shermer

Science Writer, Editor

Abigail Shrier

Author and Journalist

Erec Smith

Professor of Rhetoric and Author

Eli Steele

Film Producer, Writer, Director

Andrew Sullivan

Writer, Editor, Commentator

Greg Thomas

Writer, Entrepreneur, Cultural Critic

Batya Ungar-Sargon

Editor, Author

Tim Urban

Author, Blogger

Bari Weiss

Author and Journalist

Thomas Chatterton Williams

Cultural Critic

John Wood, Jr.

Writer, Mediator, Thought-leader

Kenny Xu

Author, Podcaster

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